I'm looking at getting started in watch repair as a hobby. I've bought most of the tools, and I've ordered two lubricants in small quantities: Etsyntha 3-5 (140 centistokes) as a light oil, and Moebius D-5 as a heavy oil. I know that what's left is grease. Ideally, since I'm doing this more-or-less on the cheap, I'd like a way to do this that isn't too expensive.
I've seen the following greases:
- Anchor watch grease. No idea if this is any good, and can't find a datasheet or any info.
- KT-22. OK for keyless works -- would this work for the mainspring?
- Molykote DX. Works great on keyless works, but not good for mainspring, right?
- Etsyntha B-52. Says it works for winding mechanisms and mainspring. Does anyone have experience with this one?
- Novostar mainspring grease. Says it also can be used for winding and setting mechanisms. Does anyone have experience with this one?
Any others I should be considering?
Also, I have a couple of automatics that I'd like to service, and the cost of Kluber P-125 is way more than I paid for the watches! I've read a couple of places that I could use standard grease as the breaking grease, with the possible loss of a little bit of maximum winding/reserve. Has anybody done that?